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Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction at KU

The Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at the University of Kansas School of Education emphasizes research and is intended for students who seek a faculty position at a research-intensive university. The focus is on developing expertise in a specific area of study and building research skills to support a line or research over the length of a career in academia. 

Benefits of the program include:

  • Program Reputation - KU’s Ph.D. in curriculum & instruction is offered through the KU School of Education, which was recently ranked 9th in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Public Education Schools. The program itself is ranked 12th among public institutions as well.
  • Steeped in Tradition - With an expectation of excellence, the knowledge gained in KU's graduate courses will help students become even more effective professionals in the field of education.
  • Cost Savings Option - The Practicing Educator Sponsorship Program offers current PK-12 educators in Kansas an option to reduce the cost to enroll at KU. 
  • Well-respected Faculty - Full-time faculty who are prominent scholars & expert practitioners.

Let us know you are interested.


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